The Japanese Middleweight hopeful was part of a press conference today to announce that he would be in action on the card, headlined by Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight against Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) [河野 公平].
Murata will be facing off against Mexican fighter Bruno Sandoval (19-1-1, 15), who looks like a solid opponent on paper for Murata.
Supposedly the bout will be a world title prelude with Teiken essentially stating that Murata's next bout, set to take place in 2017, will be a world title bout and it seems they, along with Top Rank, will go all out to secure a bout with one of the Middleweight champions, likely to be Billy Joe Saunders or Daniel Jacobs. If that happens it could, potentially, see Murata become the second Japanese fighter to become a Middleweight world champion.
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